We all have had experience of someone important coming to house and whether visitor is an in-law, an old friend, or business associate you know drill: Have house in "show" condition.
For investors situation is much same: First impressions count!!!! Even though you may not be able to tell a book by its cover, you'll probably pay more for a book if cover is inviting, and attractive.
If you have a home is for sale or soon to be for sale, in addition to a general cleaning here are some steps you can take to benefit from that all-important first look:
1. Start with outside. Mow law, prune bushes, remove dead branches and get rid of outdoor furniture you don't intend to move.
2. Paint front door and window frames, or at least clean them up.
3. Check for leaks. A drip may not seem important, but does it suggest poor maintenance in those places that maybe buyer can't see? Eliminate buyer worries and fix little items which may be seen as clues relating to general condition and upkeep of house.
4. Clean out closets and storage areas. Paint them off-white inside to make them seem roomier.
5. Have a professional cleaning company clean carpets. I would suggest this only if you are not replacing carpets.